Paul F. Kostelny, of the town of Evergreen, died Sunday, May 29, 2016 at Evergreen Terrace in Antigo under the care of LeRoyer Hospice with his family at his side. He was 85 years old. He was born on September 21, 1930 on the family farm in the town of Evergreen, a son of Paul and Ina (Claassen) Kostelny, Sr.. He married Mary Nixon on June 13, 1959 at St. James Catholic Church in White Lake. She survives.
He attended Antigo High School and at age 15 worked as stock boy at J.C. Penny store in Antigo. He owned and operated the family dairy farm in the town of Evergreen for many years retiring in 1986.
He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church in White Lake, served on the Evergreen town board for 18 years and the Farm Bureau board of directors for four years.
He enjoyed downhill skiing, snowmobiling, riding ATVs, working and logging his timberlands.
Paul and Mary traveled extensively having been to Hungary, Alaska, Ireland and throughout the United States. He enjoyed 14 wonderful winters in Florida.
He is survived by his wife Mary of 56 years; three daughters, Kay Kostelny, Appleton, Betty (Steve) Kestly, Oneida, Ruth (Marty) Sprangers, Sherwood; three sons, Andy Kostelny, White Lake, Len Kostelny, Green Bay, John (Trisha) Kostelny, Appleton; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A funeral service will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, White Lake with Rev. Nathan Kramer officiating. Burial will take place in the town of Evergreen Cemetery.
Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. with sharing of memories at 6:30 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home and visitation on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
The Kostelny children would like to send a special thank you to Sarah and Gary Voytovich and the entire Evergreen Terrace staff of care givers for all the love, support, and kindness they have given both of their parents. We have all felt their blessings many times over while they have been able to provide a wonderful home for our parents this past year and a half.
We would also like to thank Sue and the team from LeRoyer Hospice for all their help, care, love and thoughtfulness right through the final moments of our dad’s life.